Google introduced final 12 months that it might shut down the company’s social network Google+ for consumers however not for G Suite prospects in 2019.
A privateness concern with the potential to leak person knowledge and “challenges in creating and sustaining a profitable Google+” had been the explanations that Google offered on the time.
The firm wished to close down Google+ in August 2019 initially however needed to expedite the shutdown to April 2019 when it grew to become clear that much more prospects had been doubtlessly affected by privateness leaks.
Google revealed a help doc on January 30, 2019 detailing the corporate’s shutdown plans for Google+:
- February 4th, 2019 — Options to create new Google+ profiles, Google+ pages, communities, or occasions are disabled.
- February 4th, 2019 — Google+ commenting choices on Blogger shall be eliminated.
- coming weeks — Google+ check in buttons shall be eliminated or changed with Google Sign-in buttons
- early March 2019 — Additional obtain choices are offered that embrace creator, physique, and pictures for neighborhood posts in public communities.
- March seventh, 2019 — Google+ commenting choices on different websites shall be eliminated.
- April 2nd, 2019 — Google+ account and Google+ pages shall be shut down. Deletion of content material from shopper Google+ accounts begins.
Google notes that pictures and movies shall be deleted within the course of, and that the complete course of might take months till completion. Users might comply with directions on this help page to obtain Google+ knowledge previous to the deletion date.
Google will not shut down Google+ for G Suite prospects and even plans to introduce new features to the Enterprise model.
It is evident that Google+ didn’t carry out in addition to Google hoped it might; the social community by no means managed to realize sufficient traction to ascertain itself as a Facebook competitor regardless of Google’s makes an attempt to push the service utilizing all its advertising and marketing energy and a few questionable — some would possibly say unethical — practices.
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